Sunday, April 11, 2021 — 1:30 p.m.
Planning for 2021 Season Continues
Work continues behind-the-scenes to prepare for the new 2021 season.
As previously communicated, we intend to play our traditional, full 15-game schedule this year (start date TBD, but aiming to kick things off potentially on May 18 and run through Aug. 27), and — unlike last year — it appears we’ll also be back to having complete rosters for all six teams and will not have to consolidate.
Please note the online registration process for 2021 is NOT open yet, but we hope to have things all buttoned down in another week or two. Your coaches will inform you when it’s OK to register, and it will also be posted in this area of the home page.
If you paid-in-full and played in 2020, you will be entitle to a $40 reduction in your 2021 registration fee (will only pay $100 versus the standard $140), since we did not play a full season last year.
If you paid and subsequently opted out of playing in 2020 due to COVID concerns, you will be “comped” your 2021 registration fee — will not need to pay at all — and will only need to register and sign the waiver forms.
Any new players in 2021 will pay the full $140 registration amount ($110 league fee + $30 Town of Lynnfield Field Assessment Fee).
Similar to last year, if you’re playing in 2021 it will be mandatory to sign both the league’s Waiver and COVID-19 Release Forms.
Regarding COVID-19, as a league we will, of course, continue to support and strictly adhere to all town, state, and federal guidelines and decisions regarding necessary safety and health considerations — including providing hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, practicing social distancing, wearing masks in the bench and other areas as mandated, etc. Additionally, each team has their own dedicated catcher’s mask.
In addition to information passed along directly to you from your respective coaches, further info about this year will be posted here in the upcoming weeks, so please check back often.
John D. DeLuca, Jr. was the founding commissioner and driving force behind the Lynnfield Men’s Over-40 Softball League for many years of its early existence, as well as being a beloved member of the Green Team. It was his vision to establish a social-based sports endeavor, whereby a bunch of middle-aged guys could have the opportunity to get together outdoors one night a week during the nice weather, whack a ball around for a bit, have some fun, pretend they were athletes again, expand their friendships and network of contacts, and – as Billy Joel sang in “Piano Man” – forget about life for a while.
John’s outgoing personality, perpetual grin, infectious laugh, and sense of humor — combined with his warm and spirited greeting of “Hey, buddy!” to all — made him a natural leader and a friend to virtually everyone he encountered in all corners of his life. This was never more evident than the outpouring of support he received after being diagnosed with leukemia, and the hundreds of people who participated in the subsequent bone marrow drive that was conducted in an attempt to save his life.
John fought a very valiant battle, but ultimately succumbed to this disease on June 21, 2008, at the much too young age of 53.
What he started and tirelessly nurtured for all those years has been bequeathed to all of us to sturdily build on and take forward.
To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high.